What happened this day in history August 16

What are the important events that happened on August 16? Here are historical events, facts, and some myths about this day.

August 16: Facts & Myths About This Day

August 16 is the 229th day of the year 2020 in the Gregorian calendar. There are 137 days remaining until the end of this year. The day of the week is Sunday.

Under the Julian calendar, this day is August 3, 2020 – a Sunday. Both day of the week are the same but did you notice the difference with the Gregorian calendar?

When this day started, 1,597,536,000 seconds has elapsed since midnight of January 1, 1970 – the Unix epoch.

Strange as it may, if we name this day after a polygon then it will be called ‘dihectaicosaenneagon’ day.

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Leo is the zodiac sign of a person born on this day. Peridot is the modern birthstone for this month. Diamond is the mystical birthstone from Tibetan origin that dates back over a thousand years.

According to the lunisolar Chinese calendar, there are 180 days remaining before the start of the next Chinese New Year.

The ancient Maya civilization believes that the end of the world will happen on December 21, 2012. There are now 2,795 days since this fabled cataclysmic event.

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August 16 Historical Events

  • 1513
    Battle of Guinegate (Battle of the Spurs) – King Henry VIII of England defeats French Forces who are then forced to retreat.
  • 1792
    Maximilien Robespierre presents the petition of the Commune of Paris to the Legislative Assembly, which demanded the formation of a revolutionary tribunal.
  • 1819
    Seventeen people die and over 600 are injured in cavalry charges at a public meeting at St. Peter’s Field, Manchester, England.
  • 1863
    The Dominican Restoration War begins when Gregorio Luperón raises the Dominican flag in Santo Domingo after Spain had recolonized the country.
  • 1869
    Battle of Acosta Ñu: A Paraguayan battalion made up of children is massacred by the Brazilian Army during the War of the Triple Alliance.
  • 1870
    Franco-Prussian War: The Battle of Mars-La-Tour is fought, resulting in a Prussian victory.
  • 1891
    The Basilica of San Sebastian in Manila, the first all-steel church in Asia, is officially inaugurated and blessed.
  • 1913
    Completion of the Royal Navy battlecruiser HMS Queen Mary.
  • 1945
    An assassination attempt is made on Japan’s prime minister, Kantaro Suzuki.
  • 1946
    Mass riots in Kolkata begin, in which more than 4,000 would be killed in 72 hours.

Who were born on August 16?

  • 1895
    Albert Cohen, Swiss novelist (d. 1981)
  • 1916
    Iggy Katona, American race car driver (d. 2003)
  • 1934
    Diana Wynne Jones, British author (d. 2011)
  • 1952
    Reginald VelJohnson, American actor
  • 1958
    José Luis Clerc, Argentine tennis player
  • 1961
    Michaela Dornonville de la Cour, Swedish singer (Army of Lovers)
  • 1964
    Matt Lukin, American bassist (Mudhoney)
  • 1971
    Stefan Klos, German footballer
  • 1983
    Nikos Zisis, Greek basketball player
  • 1985
    Agnes Bruckner, American actress

Who died on August 16?

  • 1678
    Andrew Marvell, English poet (b. 1621)
  • 1705
    Jacob Bernoulli, Swiss mathematician and scientist (b. 1654)
  • 1855
    Henry Colburn, British publisher (b. ?)
  • 1951
    Louis Jouvet, French actor and producer (b. 1887)
  • 1956
    Bela Lugosi, Hungarian actor (b. 1882)
  • 1979
    John Diefenbaker, Canadian politician and 13th Prime Minister of Canada (b. 1895)
  • 1983
    Earl Averill, American baseball player (b. 1902)
  • 1986
    Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet and novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • 1993
    Stewart Granger, British film actor (b. 1913)
  • 1997
    Gerard McLarnon, Irish playwright and actor (b. 1915)

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